Matt: The author tried to give this series a breath of fresh air by moving it to Smith's Grove, but it simply wasn't enough. Much like a 'Friday The 13th' needs to be at Camp Crystal Lake, and 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' needs to be on Elm Street, a 'Halloween' entry needs to be in Haddonfield! There just wasn't enough action there, and what was left had me gave me the feel of a really bad sequel to 'House On Haunted Hill' or '13 Ghosts', with a touch of 'Ghost Hunters' thrown in. And who is Dr. Blackwell? The author refers to him as "Michael's personal doctor" at Smith's Grove. Huh? Um, he already had one, Dr. Loomis. Besides that, the growling and stomping just got to be too much for me, as well as a continued reference to his "plastic child's mask"...argh! She did do well describing Michael as a "shadowy figure" and the kills were at least more graphic and violent, but other than that, there isn't much I can say that I liked about this book. One other thing, what kind of dumb jock brings wine for his girlfriend? Most guys of that vein wouldn't think that much into it and would simply bring a six-pack of beer or something, but definitely NOT wine. I had hoped this book wouldn't be as bad as the other two, but it falls right in line. It just doesn't echo something from the 'Halloween' universe. 2.5 out of 10.


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